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October 2018

Writing Workshop for Youth

October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
North Village Branch Library, 2505 Steck Avenue
Austin, TX 78757 United States
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Cannibalistic witches, iron shoes that burn your feet, wolves in Grandma's nightgown...Why are fairy tales so scary? How do contemporary fantasy writers make use of similar techniques? And how can you apply them to make your own creative writing thrill and frighten readers in the deepest and most dazzling ways? Find out in this hands-on workshop! Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Katherine Stingley. Free and open to fourth through eighth graders.

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atCentral: Edward Carey & Little

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Author/illustrator Edward Carey (The Iremonger Trilogy) discusses his new novel, Little, a chronicle of the orphan and servant who became the wax artist Madame Tussaud. Coinciding with an art exhibit featuring illustrations from the novel and Carey's other works. Presented in partnership with Texas Book Festival.

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Badgerdog Young Authors Reading

October 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Please join us as we celebrate the arrival of our Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp anthologies, Rise and Emerge. We're inviting all of our campers, parents, families, and friends to join us for a reading from 1pm to 3pm in the special events center of the Austin Central Library. The event will feature readings from twelve of our Literary Citizenship Award recipients, all-ages family programming, and music from the Austin School of Rock House Band! Following the event, we'll gather in the lobby to hand out the newly printed…

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atCentral: Kate McDermott & Home Cooking

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Kate McDermott—founder of Art of the Pie, cookbook author, and James Beard Award nominee—discusses her love of pie, the art of baking, and her new cookbook Home Cooking. McDermott will also share samples from her kitchen. Presented in partnership with BookPeople.

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November 2018

Creative Nonfiction Workshop for Adults: Narrating Lived Experience

November 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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How do you write compellingly about the real world? In this workshop, we will explore the modes and techniques of creative nonfiction, including memoir, portrait, and feature writing. From old classics to recent pieces, we will read examples of the genre and discuss what makes them vivid and intriguing. In our writing exercises, we will experiment with applying the devices of fiction to nonfiction prose, with the goal of helping you cultivate your voice as a storyteller. You'll leave the…

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Stories Gala

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Our annual gala is a festive and exciting evening inside the gorgeous Central Library, which celebrates its first anniversary on October 28. You'll enjoy a compelling program highlighting the importance of libraries in all societies, and the tremendous impact of the Austin Public Library's dedicated staff, innovative programming, vast collections of books, film, music, databases, and resources. 6:00 PM | VIP RECEPTION IN THE ART GALLERY WITH AUTHOR & ARTIST EDWARD CAREY 7:00 PM | FOOD, DRINKS, MUSIC & PROGRAM…

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atCentral: Liane Moriarty & Nine Perfect Strangers

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Liane Moriarty, author of the #1 New York Times Best-Seller Big Little Lies, discusses her new novel Nine Perfect Strangers, which follows nine strangers whose lives become entangled and transformed over ten days at a health resort. Presented in partnership with BookPeople.

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Badgerdog NaNoWriMo Adult Workshop

November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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November is National Novel Writing Month! Whether you're midway through a novel or just starting out, this workshop offers a how-to on creating a road-map for your story using the ideas of external and internal plot. The workshop will also include a "novel therapy" session in which we'll discuss and work through the specific challenges you're facing in your novel projects. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Noah Weisz. Free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Please RSVP as…

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Badgerdog Youth Workshop: Writing with Words and the Body

November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd
Austin, TX 78702 United States
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In this workshop we will explore the relationship between our physicals and cerebral selves. We will incorporate simple movement techniques to give us to new information and inspiration to write from. No movement experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Elizabeth Doss, this event is free and open to youth in 3rd through 6th grade. Please RSVP as space is limited.

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Poetry of Gratitude Workshop for Adults

November 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
North Village Branch Library, 2505 Steck Avenue
Austin, TX 78757 United States
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What could be more fitting than practicing gratitude on Thanksgiving weekend? Join Badgerdog teaching artist Tracey Lander-Garrett in exploring poetry that expresses an appreciation for life, nature, and beauty, as well as a personal gratitude for friendship, family, and more. Our discussion will engage with balancing the benefits and challenges of finding gratitude. In our writing activity, participants will contemplate and share the many aspects of life we most appreciate. Free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Please…

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